Victor Andres “Dindo” C. Manhit

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Prof. Victor Andres “Dindo” C. Manhit is the Founder and Managing Director of the Stratbase Group and President of its policy think-tank, Albert del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies or the ADRi.

For more than a decade, Prof. Manhit and the Stratbase team have been developing innovative and disruptive political and legislative strategies that position clients for success. A well-regarded strategist, he has built winning public affairs campaigns integrating message development, public relations, and the mobilization of grassroots support. With his extensive experience, he helps clients understand the interplay between business and government, and the impact of legislative, regulatory, and electoral outcomes on their business strategies. He also provides top-level strategic analysis and thought leadership on global issues in the Philippines.

Concurrently, he is Philippine Country Head of the renowned BowerGroupAsia (BGA), formerly known as BrooksBowerAsia. BGA has an unmatched expertise and experience in helping clients develop strategic expansion initiatives in the Asia Pacific Region.

He was a former Chair and recently retired Associate Professor of the Political Science Department of De La Salle University. He has authored numerous commentaries and papers on geopolitical issues, governance and political reforms. Today, he regularly contributes articles and columns to leading newspapers Philippine Daily Inquirer and BusinessWorld.

He obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Philippine Studies (major in Political Science and History) from the University of the Philippines. A member of Phi Gamma Mu International Honors’ Society Beta Chapter, he specializes in Strategic Studies and Management, Legislative Research, and Public Policy Analysis.

His research interest and field of specialization had led him to pursue active involvement in legislation, bureaucratic work, and civil society advocacy. Among the government positions he held include Undersecretary for External Affairs and Special Concerns of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports and Deputy Secretary for Administration and Financial Services of the Philippine Senate. Meanwhile, his legislative experience encompasses the 8th, the 9th, 10th and the 12th Congress as the Chief of Staff of the late Former Senate President Edgardo Angara and senior policy research adviser in key senate committees, such as Education, Agriculture, Economic Affairs, Social Justice and Electoral Reforms, and Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Laws. Since 1987, he has been involved in all national elections in different capacities, from policy consultancy to campaign strategy.

After his stint in government, he became involved with many different consortiums and networks of civil society groups. His civil society agenda range from governance reform to environment stewardship, as Lead Convenor of citizen-led initiative Democracy Watch and Convenor of pro-industry group Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship or PBEST, respectively.

He is also a Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Freedom, a public advocacy organization dedicated to advancing economic and political liberty and other market-oriented reforms. Similarly, his involvement with the distinguished Philippine Trade Foundation is aligned with the group’s commitment toward building a strategic and reformed business environment. As a member and adviser to the Board, Prof. Manhit contributes to the crafting of initiatives geared to attract investments.

His international reach is evident in his key role in the establishment of the U.S.-Philippines Strategic Initiative (USPSI) with the Philippine Eminent Persons Group. The trans-Pacific effort underlines the critical linkage of economic ties between the U.S. and the Philippines as a foundation for enduring security relations through research and programs. He is also an advisor to the Board of Asia Society Philippines, another cooperative organization, this time in the area of education.

He was appointed as one of the ASEAN Regional Forum Experts and Eminent Persons (ARF EEPs) by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Francesco “Paco” A. Pangalangan

FJP (2)Paco A. Pangalangan is the Executive Director of the Stratbase ADR Institute. He is also part of Stratbase Consultancy Inc. where he serves as firm’s Director for Public Policy, Research, and Advocacy. He specializes in political risk analysis, policy development, and strategic communications and over last decade has worked with a wide range of sectors, including energy, technology, and public utilities.

He is a graduate of Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he earned his Masters of Science degree (MSc.) in Public Administration, specializing in Public Management. Paco also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and Master’s degree in Technology Management from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Passionate about effecting meaningful change through advocacy and policy work, Paco also serves as the Lead Convenor of Democracy Watch Philippines, a citizen-led initiative that advocates for democratic values and good governance reform.

Maria Claudette Guevara

mcgMaria Claudette Guevara is the Deputy Executive Director for Programs of the Stratbase ADR Institute. Likewise, she is the Accounts Director of the Stratbase Group in which she ensures the delivery of work on behalf of clients to navigate and shape complex legislation and regulatory policy affecting critical client interest. She helps manage strategic grassroots campaigns on behalf of Stratbase clients. She works across the firm to identify opportunities, build teams, and engage in strategic planning and execution of Stratbase public affairs projects. She also acts as point person on the Group’s event strategy practice, developing and producing creative events for corporate clients and non-profit partners.

She is also the Secretary General of ADRi’s advocacy group, Democracy Watch Philippines, a citizen-led initiative that advocates for honest, fair and free elections, reforms to strengthen political party systems, and institutionalizing governance reforms through the principles of accountable government and transparency of decision-making.

She received her bachelor’s degree major in Political Science from De La Salle University-Manila in 2011. She took a course on Leadership of Change for Development Managers at the Asian Institute of Management on May 2017 and a course on Project Management from Ateneo De Manila University Continuing Center for Education in 2015. She was a delegate at the Southeast Asian Young Leaders Program of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Shangri-La Dialogue 2018.

She was elected as a two-time Batch President of the College of Liberal Arts at the De La Salle University from 2008 to 2010 and Sangguniang Kabataan Chairperson in Pasay City, Metro Manila. She was also the High School Student Council President from 2007-2008 at the St. Scholastica’s College-Manila.

Jaime Jimenez, Ph.D

jjJaime M. Jimenez, Ph.D, is a Deputy Executive Director for Research and the Head of the Editorial Board of the Stratbase ADR Institute. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at De La Salle University in 1994, graduating with a Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. In 1998, he received his MA in Philippine Studies at De La Salle University and earned his Doctorate degree in Southeast Asia Studies at the National University of Singapore in 2003.

He is former Vice Chair of the Political Science department at De La Salle University and is former Associate Professor II of the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Sto. Tomas.

Krystyna Louise Dy

_DSC2416Krystyna Louise Dy is the Chief of Staff of the Stratbase Group, and the External Affairs and Social Media Director of the Stratbase ADR Institute. As the Institute’s digital strategist, she ensures that ADRi is part of online conversations that are relevant to its Programs. She launches websites and helps the Institute’s Projects maintain online communities by developing social media content and designing and executing social media plans.

She is also the National Youth Coordinator of Democracy Watch Philippines.

In 2010, she was elected as the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) Provincial Federation of Isabela, earning her a seat at the Provincial Board.

She concurrently served as the Treasurer of the Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation until 2013, where she took an active role in pushing for the reform of the Sangguniang Kabataan through her participation as resource person in a series of technical working group hearings at the Philippine Senate.  The outcome, then called the Youth Development and Empowerment Act of 2014, was signed into law by former President of the Republic Benigno Aquino III in January 15, 2016 as Republic Act No. 10742.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at De La Salle University-Manila in 2014, where she was a member of the Political Science Society (POLISCY), the oldest political organization in the university.

Jikko Alfonso Puzon

JPPJikko Alfonso P. Puzon is Research Manager at Stratbase ADR Institute. He monitors global security developments and provides reports on critical political events in the region that might affect the Philippines’ strategic partnerships with other countries. Jikko is also responsible for the analysis of trends and activities of government defense organizations and research institutions around the region.

Prior to joining Stratbase, Jikko worked for the Embassy of India in the Philippines under the Press, Information, and Culture wing, where he was tasked to research and provide political and diplomatic reports. In addition, he worked for the House of Representatives in the Philippines as a political consultant. He finished his double Master’s degree in International Public Policy and International Studies (Asian Studies) from the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University and De La Salle University-Manila in 2016.

Venice Isabelle Rañosa

VIRVenice Isabelle T. Rañosa is Research Manager at Stratbase ADR Institute, focusing on environment sustainability, and trade and investments.

She graduated from De La Salle University-Manila with a Master of Arts in Development Policy, a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, major in European Studies, with honors, and obtained her high school education, with distinction, at St. Scholastica’s College-Manila. She also has a diploma in Spanish awarded by the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, Spain, and she earned her Career Service Professional eligibility from the Civil Service Commission in 2017.

Her latest research centers on the Philippine tax reform program, fiscal reforms in public financial management, government transparency, federalism, and the Philippine infrastructure program (Build, Build, Build). In 2018, she co-authored a policy paper for the Stratbase ADR Institute on the proposed extended producer responsibility (EPR) in the Philippines.

Vjohn David Dizon

VPDVjohn David P. Dizon is the Projects and Advocacy Coordinator of the Stratbase ADR Institute, where he assumes the role of assisting in the Institute’s activities and programs. He is also the Political and Regulatory Manager of the Stratbase Group, as he monitors legislative developments and analyzes its effects on the policy landscape.

Prior to joining Stratbase, he spent three years with UnionBank as a Relationship Manager handling the Ayala Multinational Bancorporation branch. His banking career started as a Management Trainee in the UnionBank Leader Executive Accelerated Development Prorgram.

He also had an experience working in government for a year as program coordinator in the Office of Mayor in Makati City. He conducted socio-civic projects and youth development programs.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at De La Salle University-Manila. He was a dedicated student leader, having been elected as Batch President twice and College of Liberal Arts President on his last year at the University. He was awarded the Best College President among the seven colleges. In high school, he received the Gerry Roxas National Leadership Award and served as the Student Council President of La Salle Green Hills in his senior year.

Clarisse Dacanay

CMDClarisse M. Dacanay is a Research Associate of Stratbase ADR Institute. She focuses on monitoring regional and international developments and its possible effects on the national level. She also assists in the Institute’s activities and programs.

Prior to joining Stratbase, she was a Program Associate for the International Development Law Organization, where she provided support in the implementation of the project titled: “Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of Prosecutors” for the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice. She also contributed to the legal research, design and data gathering mission of the “Compendium of Anti-Corruption Laws”.

In 2017, she was a Defense Research Officer for the Office of the Assistance Naval Chief of Staff for Plans (N5) in the Philippine Navy, where she provided research and analysis concerning maritime security, foreign policy and defense-related issues and topics, liaised with government and military officials, academe, NGOs and other defense-related actors and coordinated with foreign counterparts for bilateral and multilateral talks, defense symposiums and conferences.

She was also one of the first Philippine youth delegates for the summit on Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Atrocity Prevention in the Asia Pacific, in partnership with the Asia Pacific Centre on the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland, Chulalongkorn University and the Australian Embassy’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

She finished her double Bachelor’s degree in Legal Management and Diplomacy and International Relations from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2017.

Members of the Editorial Board

Jaime Jimenez, Ph.D

jjJaime M. Jimenez, Ph.D, is a Deputy Executive Director for Research and the Head of the Editorial Board of the Stratbase ADR Institute. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at De La Salle University in 1994, graduating with a Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. In 1998, he received his MA in Philippine Studies at De La Salle University and earned his Doctorate degree in Southeast Asia Studies at the National University of Singapore in 2003.

He is former Vice Chair of the Political Science department at De La Salle University and is former Associate Professor II of the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Sto. Tomas.

Edwin P. Santiago

Edwin P. Santiago is a faculty member of the Political Science Department of De La Salle University since 1995. He handles courses both in the Political Science and the Development Studies programs of the department.

At De La Salle University, he also occupied several administrative positions including Vice President (Vice Chancellor) for Administration from 2013 to 2016, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Services from 2008 to 2013, University Registrar from 2001 to 2013, Chair of the Business Management Department from 2003 to 2004, Vice Chair of the Political Science Department from 2000 to 2001, and Chief Administrative and Finance Officer of the Social Development Research Center, from 1998 to 2000.

In the government, he has held such positions as Head Executive Assistant (with the rank of Assistant Secretary) in the Office of the Secretary of Finance in 1998, Consultant in the Department of Budget and Management from 1991 to 1998, and Consultant in the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation from 1996 to 2001.

Since 2002, he is a Fellow at the Yuchengco Center where he writes policy briefs and occasional papers. He maintains his active consultancy practice in the fields of service operations management and higher education administration.

Mr. Santiago was an Exchange Fellow at the Sophia University in Tokyo in 2009 and at Fordham University in New York City in 2007.

He is currently a candidate for the degree Ph.D. in Development Studies at De La Salle University, where he also obtained his Master of Business Administration degree in 1997, and his degrees in  Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both in 1989. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dr. Renato de Castro

RDC_pngDr. Renato Cruz De Castro is a full professor in the International Studies Department, De La Salle University, Manila, and holds the Charles Lui Chi Keung Professorial Chair in China Studies. In 2016, he was a U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative Researcher from the Philippines, based in the East-West Center in Washington. He is an alumnus of the Daniel Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, U.S.A.

In 2009, Dr. De Castro became the U.S. State Department ASEAN Research Fellow from the Philippines and was based in the Political Science Department of Arizona State University. He earned his Ph.D from the Government and International Studies Department of the University of South Carolina as a Fulbright Scholar in 2001, and obtained his B.A. and two master’s degrees from the University of the Philippines. Professor De Castro has conducted several courses on International Relations and Security Studies in the National Defense College and Foreign Service Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute (Stratbase ADRi).

A consultant in the National Security Council of the Philippines during the Aquino administration, Professor De Castro’s research interests include Philippine-U.S. security relations, Philippine defense and foreign policies, U.S. defense and foreign policies in East Asia, and the international politics of East Asia.

He has written over 80 articles on international relations and security that have been published in a number of scholarly journals and edited works in the Philippines, South Korea, Canada, Malaysia, France, Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.

Trustees

The ADRi Board of Trustees is composed of notable figures from premier educational institutions and industry. The Trustees provides guidance and direction to the numerous policy studies and advocacies that the Institute advances.

Convenors

ADRi’s four programs are convened by Dr. Francisco Magno, Dr. Carlos Primo David, Dr. Renato De Castro, and Dr. Epictetus Patalinghug.

Non-Resident Fellows

ADRi’s quarterly Spark and monthly Occasional Papers are authored by a variety of specialists in their given fields, in accordance with the objective of each program.